The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the so-called, “Equality Act,” and it is now headed for the Senate.
At first glance, it appears to be a wonderful Act. Isn’t it all about treating people like equals?
In fact, if you only watch mainstream media, you’re probably super excited. Take a look at these headlines:
“House votes to pass Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” Washington Post.
“House passes Equality Act aimed at ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. ” CNN.
“A transphobic tirade against the Equality Act masquerading as feminism.” Washington Post.
Unless you look at sources other than the mainstream media, you will support this bill.
However, H.R.5, innocuously called the Equality Act, is a dangerous bill that will codify persecution for Christians or anyone who disagrees that gender is “assigned” at birth.
Below is the summary of the bill on congress.gov, but we’re going to dive a little deeper.
What is the Equality Act?
In summary, the Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to add sexual orientation and gender identity as a protected class.
That means if you wake up and you feel like the opposite sex, under this act, everyone else will need to legally kowtow to your gender dysphoria.
What does the Equality Act Mean For You & Your Family?
One mistake passive Christians make is to think that if we just ignore what is happening around us and just teach our children our faith, everything will be all right.
That’s not how it works. Remember when they told us, “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay-married?” Some of us thought, “Okay fine. I’m going to mind my business.” We thought that was enough.
As we’ve seen with the example of the baker who refused to make an LGBT-themed cake, he was told to “bake the cake bigot,” and spent his life savings responding to multiple law suits.
This is what they’re trying to codify into law.
Here are some scenarios of what might happen if the bill passes into law.
Your Kids Will Be Indoctrinated With Gender Ideology
- If you teach your children there are only two genders, they will be taught otherwise at school, and you will be at odds with your children.
- Your kids will be bullied if they don’t adhere to the ideology.
- Your kids might be dismissed from private schools or stopped from going to college.
- They will be called racists and little Christian terrorists.
- If they’e white, they will be called white supremacists.
- CPS will show up at your house because you’re teaching your kids “harmful misinformation,” and that will be considered abuse.
You Will Get Sued and No Longer Be Able to Claim “Religious Freedom”
Section 1107 specifically states:
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq.) shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.”
So, if someone decides to sue you just to test this law, which they will, you cannot claim religious freedom. You cannot say your faith teaches marriage is between a man and a woman and you are not allowed to bake an LGBT-themed cake, for example.
Christian small businesses will be put out of business. They will sue you over and over until you shut down your business.
In 2018, the Supreme Court sided with baker Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a gay-themed wedding cake. He was sued repeatedly. One of the plaintiffs, Mullins, described his case as symbolizing, “the rights of gay people to receive equal service in business … about basic access to public life.” Source.
However, in the 7-2 decision Justice Kennedy said in his opinion:
“The reason and motive for the baker’s refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions. The Court’s precedents make clear that the baker, in his capacity as the owner of a business serving the public, might have his right to the free exercise of religion limited by generally applicable laws,” Kennedy wrote. “Still, the delicate question of when the free exercise of his religion must yield to an otherwise valid exercise of state power needed to be determined in an adjudication in which religious hostility on the part of the State itself would not be a factor in the balance the State sought to reach.”
Unfortunately, the court did not outright dismiss such claims. What is going to happen now if this law is passed? Will the Supreme court declare it to be unconstitutional?
The Equality Act Will Hurt Women’s & Girl’s Rights
a. “First and foremost, the Equality Act hurts women and girls. The Equality Act would fortify regressive, sexist stereotypes by enshrining the notion that subjective feelings and preferences (such as hobbies, attire, emotional patterns, or style of interaction) are what define a
woman or a man.
By redefining “sex” without physical meaning, the Equality Act would also remove legal recognition of women and girls, such as in Title IX, and risk eviscerating their hard-won consideration in areas including student scholarships and athletics.
The legislation also diminishes safety in intimate spaces with its restroom and locker room mandate to provide access based on “gender identity.” While most people who identify as “transgender” do not seek to harm others (in fact, many seek to avoid harm themselves), theseThe Equality Act – USCCB
laws open the doors of very personal facilities to others who would do harm.”
The Title IX Civil Rights law was passed in 1972. It states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
A benefit of this law is girls sports. Under Title IX, girls also have the right to have their own sports teams where they can compete against other girls for scholarships.
As soon as Biden became president, he passed an Executive order about “discrimination.” He stated:
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports.”The White House
If the Act is passed, it will actually be against the law for girls’ sports teams to refuse to admit biological males, who are stronger, faster and will win the scholarships.
The Equality Act Shreds Modesty
Leftists don’t care about your modesty. You are expected to change in front of men wo believe themselves to be women and vice versa. It’s hard to emphasize how devastating this is and the kind of mental anguish it can create.
The USCCB again makes some good points:
“Even without direct, malicious harm, however, sharing of intimate facilities between the sexes offends privacy and betrays modesty.
People have a responsibility, and therefore a right, to practice modesty, to refuse “to unveil what should remain hidden.”8 This not only involves the right to not be seen by the opposite sex when in a state of undress or tending to bodily functions, but to not be forced to see others of the opposite sex when they are in such a state.”The Equality Act – USCCB
When I was a little girl, up until adulthood actually, I was extremely modest. I still am. I remember one time my mom went shopping with a friend of hers and she bought me some clothes. She wanted me to try them on in front of her friend and I attempted to go change in the bathroom. Mom thought I was being ridiculous, because she wasn’t particularly modest.
If I felt such embarrassment, how would a girl or women feel about changing in a school locker room or gym with someone who now identifies as a gender that he was not born with?
How Your Doctor Might Be Affected
The Heritage foundation took a look at how the Equality Act might be problematic for health care providers:
As a result of the expanding definition of public accommodations, as well as changing federal funding requirements, doctors (and counselors) could be punished for treating gender dysphoria according to their own best medical judgment.
Even a referral to another doctor could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act. If a doctor performs a double mastectomy to treat cancer, she must also do so for a woman who identifies as a man.
Transgender individuals have already sued hospitals for discrimination in New Jersey and California because the hospitals refused to perform surgeries, including mastectomies, for “gender affirmation.” This, despite the fact that evidence has shown that “transitioning” does not provideany lasting mental health benefits. In fact, many patients who undergo a sex change end up with damage to their physical health, such as heart problems and decreased bone density, as well as loss of fertility.”
These are just some of the concerning parts of the Equality Act.
Please pressure you your State Representatives & Senators — Democrat or Republican, to push back against this travesty.
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